Pregnancy is an exciting time, but in the midst of a global pandemic the uncertainty can be overwhelming. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine.
I’m pregnant. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommend that all pregnant individuals get vaccinated against COVID-19. Talk to your obstetrician.
Is the vaccine safe for pregnant people?
The vaccine is safe for almost everyone before, during, and after pregnancy. William Grobman, president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, says that the COVID-19 vaccination is “the best method to reduce maternal and fetal complications of COVID-19 infection among pregnant people.” Talk to your obstetrician or primary care provider about your situation.
Will the vaccine hurt my baby?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that when people receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy, their bodies build antibodies against COVID-19. Antibodies made after a pregnant person received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine were found in umbilical cord blood. This means that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy might help protect babies against the virus.
If you have questions, be sure to talk to your health care provider. You can also sign up for the HMSA Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Program, which pairs you with your own maternity nurse who’ll provide support during your pregnancy and up to six months after your baby is born at no cost. Visit their website or call 1-855-329-5461 for more information.